The pictures in my slide show are ones that I have taken in Tahiti, Ireland, Hawaii, and on 2 different trips to Australia. I love landscape photos and have been blessed to be able to capture photos of some of the most beautiful places in the world. Enjoy!

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Constant thinker and dreamer...just a girl livin for Jesus who wants to make a difference in the world.

our time in history...

Something else that I found and wanted to share:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers;
Wider freeways,but narrower viewpoints;
We spend more, but have less;
We buy more, but enjoy it less;
We have bigger houses, and smaller families;
More conveniences, but less time;
We have more degrees, but less sense;
More knowledge, but less judgment;
More experts, but more problems;
More medicine, but less wellness;
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little,  drive too fast, get too angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little,  watch TV too much,  and pray too seldom;
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values;
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often;
We've learned how to make a living, but not a life;
We've added years to life, not life to years;
We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor;
We've conquered outer space, but not inner space;
We've done larger things, but not better things; 
We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul;
We've split the atom, but not our prejudice;
We write more, but learn less;
We plan more, but accomplish less;
We've learned to rush, but not to wait;
We have higher incomes, but lower morals;
We have more food, but less appeasement;
We build more computers to hold more information
to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication;
We've become long on quantity, but short on quality;
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; Tall men, and short character; 
Steep profits, and shallow relationships;
These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; More leisure, but less fun;
More kinds of food, but less nutrition;
These are days of two incomes, but more divorce;
Of fancier houses, but broken homes;
These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers,  throw away morality, one-night stands, and pills that do everything from cheer to quiet, to kill;
It is a time when there is much in the show window, and nothing in the stockroom;
We are called to make many choices, that affect many people and we live with the consequences.
Let our choices be the type that lift up God and bring glory to His name.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally and/or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and most of the time they are. They are there for the REASON you need them to be at that moment in your life. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on. 

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it, it is real. But only for a SEASON.

LIFETIME relationships teach you LIFETIME lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional or sometimes spiritually foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. A lifetime friend is someone you can talk to and share things with them, that you can't share with anyone else. But the best part, you can just be you and no matter what you do or say, they still love and care for you. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant. 

a letter from God...

My Child -
You may not know me, but I know everything about you - Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up - Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways - Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered - Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image - Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being - Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring - Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived - Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation - Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book - Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live - Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made - Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother's womb - Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born - Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me - John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love - 1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you - 1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child and I am your father - 1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could - Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father - Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand - James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs - Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope - Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love - Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore - Psalm 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing - Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you - Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession - Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul - Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things - Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me - Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart - Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires - Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine - Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager - 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles - 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you - Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart - Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes - Revelation 21:3-4
And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth - Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus - John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed - John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being - Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you - Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins - 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled - 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you - 1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love - Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me - 1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again - Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen - Luke 15:7
I have always been Father, and will always be Father - Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is - Will you be my child? - John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you - Luke 15:11-32
Love, God

I started reading a book tonight called "When God Writes Your Love Story" and it is absolutely AMAZING.  It doesnt matter if you have recently started a relationship or if you have been in one for a long time, this book will appeal to you.  Even after only getting through the first chapter, it seems like this book has been written completely for me. Here is a little excerpt from the book, which when I read it, it gave me goosebumps.
As I lay on my bed pondering these thoughts, I found myself inwardly forming a desperate prayer.
"God, where are You in this?" my heart cried.  "I am Your child.  All my life, You know I have longed for something beautiful.  I have searched for true love.  Does a pure and perfect romance even exist in this dark world of lust and perversion and sin?  Should I even dare to dream of something beyond the shallow, meaningless, cheap version of love I've known so far?"
Then came a soft, gentle tugging upon my heart.  Suddenly I somehow knew that my life did not need to be this way and that God had something better for me.  It was almost as if God Himself was reminding me, I am the Author of true love; I am the Creator of romance.
A quiet challenge deeply touched my spirit in that moment.  It was as if God was tenderly standing before me, with tears of boundless love in His eyes, whispering to my heart, You have searched for true love in your own way.  But, My ways are not your ways.  I want to script a beautiful tale just for you, but first you must trust Me with the pen of this precious area of your life.  Will you let Me write your love story?
It's amazing how someone can completely walk into your life without warning and completely change your outlook on life and the things that come with it.  Fortunately, I am going to let God write what I hope will one day become my own love story. 

God's message from man to woman...

When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke them into being. 

When I created man, I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils.  But you woman, I fashioned you after I breathed the breath of life into man because your nostrils are too delicate.  I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so that I could patiently and perfectly fashion you.

Man was put to sleep so that he could not interfere with the creativity.  From one bone, I fashioned you.  I chose the bone that protects his heart and his lungs and supports him, as you are meant to do.  Around this one bone I shaped you.  I modeled you.  I created you perfectly and beautifully.

Your characteristics are as the rib, strong yet delicate and fragile.  You provide protection for the most delicate organ in man, his heart.  His heart is the center of his being, his lungs hold the breath of life.  The rib cage will allow itself to be broken before it will allow damage to the heart.

Support the man as the rib cage supports the body.  You were not taken from his feet to be under him, nor were you taken from his head, to be above him.  You were taken from his side, to stand beside him and be held close to his side.

You are My perfect angel.  You are My beautiful little girl.  You have grown to be a splendid woman of excellence and My eyes fill when I see the virtues in your heart.  Your eyes, don't change them.  Your lips, how lovely when they part in prayer.  Your nose, so perfect in form, your hands so gentle in touch.  I've caressed your face in your deepest sleep; I've held your heart close to mine.

Of all that lives and breathes, you are the most like Me.  Adam walked with Me in the cool of the day and yet he was lonely.  He could not see Me or touch Me.  He could only feel Me.

So everything I wanted Adam to share and experience with Me, I fashioned into you.  My holiness, My strength, My purity, My love, My protection, and support.  You are special because you are the extension of Me.

Man represents My image; woman, My emotions.Together you represent the totality of God.  So man, treat a woman well.  Love her, respect her, for she is fragile.  In hurting her, you hurt Me.  What you do to her, you do to Me.  In crushing her, you only damage your own heart, the heart of your Father, and the heart of her Father.

Woman, support man.  In humility, show him the power of emotion I have given you.  In gentle quietness, show your strength.  In love, show him that you are the rib that protects his inner self.